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As of January 8, China has lifted major restrictions on entry into the country, which were introduced as part of the fight against coronavirus.
Arriving from abroad are still required to take a COVID-19 test 48 hours before travel, but they will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival in China .
Movement restrictions between mainland China and Hong Kong have also been eased, including the lifting of mandatory quarantines. According to the South China Morning Post, the number of checkpoints has been increased: three of them remained open during the pandemic, in addition to them, four more checkpoints have opened.
To enter mainland China from Hong Kong , you must check in online and take a COVID-19 test 48 hours before departure. The Associated Press, citing the Hong Kong authorities, reports that seven more checkpoints are planned to be reopened in the future.
China lifts travel restrictions ahead of the Lunar New Year on January 22. During the festive period, the Chinese traditionally visit relatives. According to media reports, among those who arrived on the first flights after the lifting of covid restrictions were those who could not see their family for several years.
Since 2020, China has adhered to a “zero tolerance” policy for COVID -19, applied, including lockdowns and mandatory quarantine for those who came into contact with infected people. In December, the country's authorities began to lift some restrictions, followed by a sharp increase in the incidence.